Better Energy Performance Goals Unveiled
Concrete reinforcement in Leeds will be essential if the country is to be able to reach its building goals for the next couple of years.
Not only does the country need to fulfil various buildings goals it also needs to be able to fulfil many energy targets it has to avoid climate change.
Recently the EU outlined new energy goals that need to be achieved by buildings across member states in the latest round of changes aimed at combatting climate change.
Buildings are responsible for 40 per cent of Europe’s total energy consumption but a total of 75 per cent are considered energy inefficient. This mean that targeting buildings for energy improvements is key to ensuring that the EU reaches a number of its energy saving goals.
One of the ways that the EU is hoping to help member states reach this target is by standardising energy performance ratings of buildings across the EU as well as creating a toolkit that will help countries develop plans that are more energy efficient for the future.
Attempts to curb carbon emissions had a blow last year when US President Donald Trump announced plans to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This agreement pledged to stop climate change going above 2C difference, a level at which many scientists agree could be catastrophic for the planet.
The agreement is behind many decisions by member countries to pass legislation such as the decision by France to stop using coal by 2022 and to ban diesel and petrol vehicles.